Librarians as Sustainability Advocates, Educators, and Entrepreneurs

The book chapter I co-wrote with the amazing Anne Less and Sarah Dorsey called “Librarians as Sustainability Advocates, Educators, and Entrepreneurs” was just published in the book The Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service Edited by Mary Krautter, Mary Beth Lock and Mary G. Scanlon, McFarland Press.  There are lots of inspiring stories in there I hope you will enjoy of sustainability advocates, educators and entrepreneurs: Rebekkah Aldrich, Fred Stoss, Monika Antoelli, Marianne Buehler, Kristen Bullard, Andrea Cherney, Cindy Davis, Emily Ellis, Besty Herzog, Maria Anna Jankowska, Julie Mielish, Rebecca Newburn, Irene Reti, Sarah Volpe, and Kris Thompson, Laurie Sabol & Tufts University librarians. Thanks to them all for sharing their stories of sustainable entrepreneurialism!

Save Ink

Cutting back on printing is key, but using various fonts can save ink.

2010 study at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, showed they saved $10,000 by switching  all default printing to Century Gothic (this blog post is set in this font face).  They say it uses 30% less than Arial.

This article explains others fonts to use to save ink mentioning a study by  Matt Robinson to determine ink usage of various typefonts. His study shows Garamond followed by Courier are the most economic.

The ecofont (the one with hole!) is even better and you can download the Ecofont Vera Sans regular for free if you register.

Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 – kickoff 2/28/12

Please join us for the kick-off webinar of the Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 :
Feb 28, 2012 – 2:00-3:00 (EST)  – Call to Action and Collaboration – Sign up now!

ALA’s Task Force On the Environment (TFOE) has been engaged in environmental issues for over 20 years and done some tremendous work but has suffered from a lack of participation and lost momentum in recent years.

Join us, and Maria A. Jankowska (UCLA Research Librarian and Editor of Electronic Green Journal), most recent TFOE chair, to understand what TFOE has accomplished, including pitfalls and successes – plus recommendations for next steps. Should this group be revitalized and/or is a change in direction indicated? What are some options for remaining engaged at the local and national levels? Where are opportunities for collaboration and action around broader sustainability issues?

Hopeful outcomes:  Informal meeting at ALA 2012 in June to work on forming a new group; planning for sustainability-related presentations at ALA 2013! – Sign up now!

Time permitting, please review Maria’s recent article, Going beyond Environmental Programs and Green Practices at the American Library Association, which provides a helpful timeline of TFOE’s history and associated activities.

Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).

Stay tuned for more webinars:
April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries
June 12, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST)  – Preparing for ALA Annual Informal Meeting
August 28, 2012 2:00-3:00 (EST) – Action Plan Follow Up & Discussion

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at or Beth FilarWilliams at

Greening Cities – two recommend green book reads!

Our campus sustainability committee has a green read each semester. This spring the book we are reading is   Green Metropolis by David Owen – and we are lucky that the author will come to speak on campus in March too. The book discussed how people living in densely populated cities (like NYC) are actually much greener than the suburban sprawl. People don’t often own cars as they walk or bike or take public transportation since parking is so bad/expensive; they live in small spaces hence less heating cost (and heat escaping benefits neighbors);  and with smaller places they don’t accumulate lots of “stuff.”  Owen makes some controversial and cranky comments that should lend to interesting discussions and debates.  (here is a NYT review of the book)

Our Friends of the Library book club is also reading a green city book this spring called Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward Glaeser – a Harvard Econ Professor.  This book also promotes how cities are greener than non urban areas, again concentrating on NYC – they live longer and use less energy, etc. This book too lends itself to debates and discussing as Glaeser clearly want to get people fired up.  (here is the book review from NYT)

Overall, either book would be a great green read for any library book group!